Faculty of the Month

May 2017 Faculty of the Month

Nabeel next to a river.Nabeel Atique

He came to the United States as an international student from Bangladesh in 1989.

He discovered teaching was his true passion after working as a senior product engineer for a Silicon Valley semiconductor company for eight years.

His native language, Bengali, is the sixth most spoken language in the world.

He has visited 52 countries to date and says each experience has taught him something invaluable.

One of his joys is the outdoors.

He is Nabeel Atique, Math Professor and Faculty of the Month for May 2017.

As a former international student, Nabeel understands the kinds of struggles students may be going through, and he is a mentor to an international student every year. He is also supportive of Ohlone’s under-represented students and is part of the A2Pi initiative, teaching elementary algebra to students on that pathway. He believes the first classes students take are invaluable, and if they have a solid foundation, they can reach for the stars!

Nabeel earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University. When he realized his future lay in teaching, he quit his engineering job at Xilinx, and one of his first teaching assignments as a freeway flyer was as an adjunct at Ohlone in 2005! After that year, he was hired full-time as a math instructor at Antelope Valley College where he was one of the founding members of the Basic Skills Committee and was the coordinator and architect of the In-Class Tutoring Program. He stayed at Antelope Valley for nine years. However, Nabeel was thrilled to return to the Bay Area, which he missed, and joined Ohlone's full-time math faculty in 2015. During his two years at Ohlone, Nabeel has served on SLOAC, College Council, various search committees, and the President's Advisory Committee.

Nabeel loves the diversity of Ohlone students, and he loves the different languages spoken on campus. He grew up in London, Rome, Mumbai, and Dhaka, so he learned the languages spoken in those cities, including Bengali, his native language. He is also passionate about the Spanish language, and he coordinates Chats in Español once a week for faculty and staff to practice their Spanish. With close to 20% of Ohlone's students being of Hispanic heritage, he feels it's important to show appreciation of their culture and language.

Nabeel climbing on white rock.In his spare time, Nabeel likes to travel to learn about different people, places, and cultures. His most indelible experience was in Thailand on December 26, 2004. He was rock climbing by the beach when the tsunami that took 250,000 lives hit. He narrowly escaped, and the experience was a turning point in his life--a reminder to seize the opportunities ahead and to follow his dreams.

Besides traveling, Nabeel loves the outdoors—especially hiking, rock climbing, and cycling. Some of his best adventures have been in the mountains—he once spent 19 days traversing Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the Americas. One of his favorite climbs was Mount Kilimanjaro, and he feels fortunate to have seen the glaciers in the crater because they are close to disappearing. Closer to home (and work), he loves mountain biking up Mission Peak, and he road bikes regularly—he says, "the freedom of the bicycle and the sense of adventure and discovery it brings compare to none."

Finally, Nabeel is a certified yoga instructor, and just as he believes yoga is for everyone, he also believes anyone can be successful in math with the right guidance, perseverance, and a calm attitude!

Please join the Faculty Senate and the Professional Development Committee in celebrating Nabeel Atique. Congratulations, Nabeel--you are an outstanding example of Ohlone's faculty!

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